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deficit, and these are decisions that will have real and lasting impacts on the strength and pace of our recovery. economists and business leaders from across the spectrum have said that our economy is poised for progress in 2013. and we've seen signs of this progress over the last several weeks. home prices continue to climb. car sales are at a five-year high. manufacturing has been strong. and we've created more than six million jobs in the last 35 months. but we've also seen the effects that political dysfunction can have on our economic progress. the drawn-out process for resolving the fiscal cliff hurt consumer confidence. the threat of massive automatic cuts have already started to affect business decisions. so we've been reminded that while it's critical for us to cut wasteful spending, we can't just cut our way to prosperity. deep, indiscriminate cuts to things like education and training, energy and national security will cost us jobs, and it will slow down our recovery. it's not the right thing to do for the economy. it's not the right thing for folks who are out there still lo
deficit will be under $1 trillion for the first time since president obama took office. the c.b.o. also estimates the economy will grow 1.4% this year with unemployment remaining around 8%. c.b.o. director sat down with reporters this afternoon to discuss the economic and budget forecast. >> hello. thank you all for coming. i'm the director of the budget office. c.b.o. just released its outlook for the federal budget and the economy over the next decade. i'd like to tell you a little bit about if and then my colleagues and i will be happy to take your questions. our analysis shows that the united states continues to face very large economic and budget challenges. under current law we expect that the unemployment rate will remain above 7.5% through next year. that would make 2014 the sixth year in a row with unemployment so high. the longest such period in 70 years. also under current law, we expect the budget deficits over the next decade would total about $7 trillion. with deficits so high, the federal debt held by the public would remain a larger percentage of g.d.p. as in any year be
the real question here is, how do we reduce our deficits in a way that does not hurt the economy right now, but does make sure that as the economy improves that public spending is not -- and deficit spending is not squeeze the out by private investment. for the last couple years the problem has been opposite. we have seen less private investment, so the moneys the federal government has spent have been very important to helping the economy from going into free fall. . there is no doubt that we have to deal with the balanced approach and that's where the debate lies in how we should do that. again, our republican colleagues have said no to the balanced approach. they said no to the plan that we offered to prevent the sequester. they wouldn't allow a vote on the plan we offered to prevent the sequester that's going to hit on march 1 and which our republican colleagues in statement after statement on this floor have said is going to hurt the economy and which we know from the last quarter's economic report is already hurting the economy just because businesses are anticipating the possibility
we are projected to the a big deficit below one of a trillion for the first time in five years. later, the mayor of san antonio and justified -- testifies on capitol hill about immigration policy. some of the automatic spending cuts delayed in december are scheduled to take effect next month. on the next "washington journal," we will talk about those cuts and program such as medicare and social security. severna, 40 5:00 a.m. eastern. our guest is from texas, and at 8:0020, a democratic congressman, henry waxman, of california, on efforts to combat climate change. your phone calls and tweeds, "washington journal," 7:00 a.m. on c-span. president obama announced his plan to avoid automatic spending cuts known as sequestration scheduled to begin march 1. it is including tax changes. the president spoke to reporters for just over five minutes. >> good afternoon, everybody. i wanted to say a few words about the looming deadlines and decisions that we face on our budget and on our deficit, and these are decisions that will have real and lasting impacts on the strength and pace of our recove
of the administration, the deficit tripled, the previous record high deficit in this country, to $1.4 trillion. $1.3 trillion in f.y. 2010. $1.3 trillion in 2011, $1.2 trillion in f.y. 2012. and, mr. speaker, there's no plan that the administration has produced to get us from where we are, fiscal irresponsibility, to a point in the future of fiscal responsibility. mr. speaker, we've been doing our part here in the house, we've been proud to work together across the aisle in order to pass budgets that tackle those hard challenges that are ahead of us. if you go and read the president's comments, mr. speaker, you'll see that he recognized the challenges are hard. the question is, are we going to deal with those or not? i hold here, mr. speaker, a speech that the president made to the democratic national convention on september 6, 2012. where he said this, i will use the money that we're no longer spending on war to pay down our debt and put more people back to work. and my notes here said it was followed by extended cheers and applause. i suspect my friend from massachusetts supports that spirit who
" is next. host: the federal deficit is expected to dip below one trillion. the news comes as republicans and democrats face a march 1 deadline to avoid billions in across-the-board spending cuts. the pentagon announced it will offer benefits to same-sex couples. in the senate is wrapping up work on the violence against women act. and the house will vote on a bill requiring the president to offer a plan to balance the federal budget in 10 years. good morning. we begin with your take on the leaked white paper from the white house just fine drone strikes on u.s. citizens overseas. nbc news reported on the memo monday night and it has gotten lots of reaction in washington. what are your thoughts? call -- we want to get your thoughts on social media as well on twitter or facebook. or send us an e-mail. we will get your thoughts in a moment. first, josh gerstein is joining us on the phone. here's your headline -- what was this memo? guest: this is a white paper that looks like it was derived from some confidential legal opinions that the opinions -- opinions that the justice department wrote t
economy back to work and create jobs, jobs, jobs. that's what this is about. our deficit has been coming down and the patient approach is to recognize that we actually have time. we should bring the deficit down, but we have time. we should take the cuts off the table and think about how to get the economy going. if people work again, we are on the road to solving the problem. >> to that point and looking at the cuts you have been pointing out to head start and cuts to wic, the women, infant and children nutritional assistant program, they are penny wise and foolish and may be making things worse in the long run. >> i'm glad you raised that, crystal. if you think about the single mom working 12 hours a day and her paycheck does not take her to the end of the month on food. what she realizes and has been a responsible mom, but realizes after she makes the decision to have her child not have an abortion is that her paycheck is not going to help her feed her infant. the women infant children program not only feeds these families, it also teaches them about nutrition and how to be healther a
's pockets but i'm sure it appears and power deficits all over the world. and i don't want to bring up the sisterhood of suffering in this, but certainly stands united and salvation women face a dual burden and the fact they work outside the home, but their work is not considered a contribution to the mainstream economy. certainly pakistan work on the long. so that is why we are putting borel and herbal women at the bottom of the pier made at our development strategies. >> thank you for coming. i want to ask you about the drugs. so pakistan's position is international law under those guidelines a lot to ask, why did she choose them? has pakistan shot drums and if not, the reason i assess this because there's bob pakistan publicly -- >> that may address this is most spokesperson do. they speak to what began in terms of the question and you do ask why -- you ask a question, which is a required complicity in this? let me assure you since we've been in government, there's no question of wink and nod. this is a parliamentary breadline that all government institutions have internalized this
sequestration and find a balanced approach to deficit reduction that does not include further cuts to discretionary programs. both defense and non-defense programs are equally critical to economic growth and the safety and security of our nation. these discretionary programs are not the reason for our growing debt and yet so far they have been the only place lawmakers have been willing to cut by $1.5 trillion today. non-defense programs alone have been cut a $900 billion bringing spending on these programs to levels not seen since eisenhower was president. as we saw from the white house memo on friday and as you will hear from our panel today, cuts to discretionary programs alone not only won't balance the budget, they will cripple our ability to grow our economy and provide an environment where all americans have the opportunity to lead healthy, safe and productive lives. that is what really brings us together here today because sequestration is about more than numbers on a ledger. there are real people behind these numbers and their lives and livelihoods are on the line. these cu
was $3.48. the federal budget deficit expected to show short-term improvement this your according to the congressional budget office, declining to $845 billion from 1 trillion. the annual deficit expected to go as low as 430 billion by 2015 before soaring to almost a trillion dollars by 20203. joining us now to assess all of this is former director of the congressional budget office and president of the american action forum. let me start with, the president today insisting that he have, well, new revenue. just so that the congress would have the privilege of somehow saving him from himself and pushing back the impact of this sequester that his white house offered. does it get any more curious than that? >> it just proves we are in a budget another world. the numbers today are living short of terrific. $7 trillion in deficits over the next ten years. is coming after we raise 600 billion in taxes. what does the president say? well, let's not do the spending cuts, which we are counting on to keep it down to 7 trillion. instead to raise taxes, which we already proven does not solve t
there is a better way to reduce the deficit. he's calling for cuts and reforms that will put us on the path to balancing the budget within ten years. you can see it live. we're keeping an eye on the white house. we'll bring you the president's remarks as soon as he gets to the podium. >>> we are tracking a developing story on new details from the justice department that seem to lay out its case for killing u.s. citizens if they're determined to be a terror risk. the memo first reported by nbc addresses issues raised after recent drone strikes including the one that killed american born al-qaeda leader, but now a bi-partisan group of senators says it wants to know why they were never briefed on what is apparently new presidential authority. chief intelligence correspondent kathryn her image is live with more. >> reporter: this letter signed by eight democrats and three republicans urges mr. obama to produce a highly classified memo that authorized the targeted killing program so that, quote, congress and the public can decide whether the president's power to deliberately kill american citize
's transparent and that we're reducing our deficit in a way that doesn't hamper growth. >> reporter: the response from house speaker john boehner's office? the president got his revenue, now it's finally time to make the reforms necessary to save our entitlement programs. any tax loopholes we close should be used to lower rates for all taxpayers so we can be more competitive and create or more jobs. automatic spending cuts hit the federal budget march 1st. less than four weeks later, a large portion of federal spending authority expires. if democrats and republicans fail to resolve these tax and spending differences, the government is headed for those across the board spending cuts and a government shutdown. back to you. connell: rich, thank you very much. rich edson in d.c. dagen: let's bring in david stockman, former economic adviser to president ronald reagan. there's no urgency though. if we don't do something about our annual budget deficits and our longer term debt that we're accumulating, is it just going to be kind of a slow drip like where we bleed to death as a nation, where we don't re
are in for a massive and unsustainable increasing deficit if we don't get a handle on entitlements. good morning. glad to have you with us. gregg: the cbo is saying it deficit will go down to $840 billion. that's the first time it will drop a trillion dollars under president obama. martha: but with baby boomers retiring at the rate of 10,000 people a day. entitlement spending is set to explode. stuart, as we pointed out, there is a lot of enthusiasm that we won't rack up a trillion dollar deficit. >> reporter: the headline was all about the deficit is going to be below a trillion dollars. that's great news. the bad news and there is a lot of it. the next 10 years medicare will cost $1 trillion a year. obama-care subsidies will total nearly a trillion dollars. the cost of medicaid will double and the debt will go to the highest portion of tour economy than it's been in a generation. there is dismal views on the current state of the economy. 1.4% growth this year and the unemployment rate will rise at 8% and stay that way for years to come. martha: the cbo makes very clear we need to do some entitlement
to reduce the deficit but americans do not support less spending cuts for tax hikes. what some aresome of the details of what the president wants? reporter: the president is looking to crop $100 billion from the def site to buy an agreement that cuts a trillion and a half over the next ten years. he says the offer he made in late 2011 is still on the table. republicans say any additional revenue from tax reform should be used to lower everyone's tax rates. the president wants to cut the deficit. he says we can't afford to use it the way republicans want. >> if we are going to close these loopholes, there's no reason we should useoo the savings we obtain and turn around and spend that on new tax breaks for the wealthiest, or for corporations. if we're serious about paying down the deficit, the savings we achieve from tax reform should be used to pay down the deficit. and potentially to make our businesses more competitive. >> president's call comes a day after his two most southeastern defense advisors warned the sequester would make the country less safe, and the president says the dom
the budget deficit will drop below $1 trillion for the first time during obama's presidency. the congressional budget office which assumes that federal spending cuts will go into effect march 1st says the government will run a deficit of $845 billion this year compared to last year's $1.1 trillion shortfall. but the cbo's ten-year outlook predicts those improvements will not last. it warns that an aging population will drive up entitlement spending and rising interest rates will put the debt at unsustainable levels. if current laws remain in place, debt by 2023 only ten years from now will equal 77% of gdp. that's roughly double the 39% average seen over the past 40 years. >>> and president obama is asking lawmakers to take quick action as a march 1st deadline approaches that will trigger deep spending cuts. "the new york times" writes this morning that "mr. obama, who missed a deadline this week to submit his annual budget to congress, acknowledged on tuesday that a broader deficit agreement is unlikely to be reached by the march deadline. he provided no details about the t
that john boehner said about how we have handled deficits over the years. let's listen to this. >> at some point, washington has to deal with its spending problem. now, i've watched them kick this can down the road 22 years that i've been here. i've had enough of it. it's time to act. >> that is -- i'm trying to think of a word other than lie. kick the can down the road? we had a big tax increase in 1993 with president clinton along with big spending cuts. >> right. >> it was a deficit reduction package that worked. they continued to do more deficit reducing package with newt gingrich on the spending side throughout the decade and we're on our way to a surplus. >> that's right. i've been calling it the undecade, the 1990s has been written out of their record. they would have you believe that it was always the way it was under reagan and then bush. >> why don't they just say, leave off the clinton tax increase, which helped a lot, and just claim they did it for spending cuts? >> because if they do, if they admit that something nice happened in the '90s, they have to say, what happened after
the deficit and avoid spending cuts. we're learning the budget deficit will top $845 billion this fiscal year even with massive tax hikes and assuming the spending cuts do kick in. congressman tom price pushing the president to balance the budget and says this new report is proof we can't do that by hiking taxes. what about that? we're still going to be deep into the red. >> good to be with you. the president has put forward for different budgets, none of which have ever come to balance. the house republicans have acted responsibly, our budget is yet to balance, so what we will do is put together a budget that balances in a ten-year time. all it does tomorrow it says to the president tell us when you'ryourbudget balances. it is important to do that because we have our principled solutions with the program. liz: used a dozen state when the budget would be balanced, is that it? >> we have had to end dollars deficit of the past four years in the past for budgets by this president have never come into balance ever in the 75 year time frame we talk about budgets. the american people need to know t
take effect if there is no long-term agreement to reduce the deficit. those cuts would take a bite out of military spending and domestic programs, including a 2% hit to medicare. danielle nottingham, cbs news, the white house. >>> they are coming to california because this is where it is. he is not going to lubbock or wherever the places are that make up that state. >> those other places. [ laughter ] >> governor brown takes aim at texas. why he is going toe to toe with the lone star state. >> it's cleanout time. the 49ers report one more time to empty their lockers. coach harbaugh's final thoughts on the season. >> good evening to you, meteorologist paul deanno. we could use some rain around here. we really need snow in the mountains. the snowpack is dropping. we are now down to 83%. there is no rain coming from those clouds right there. but there is some rain in the extended forecast. find out when it will arrive coming up. >> and potent mixer. the reason diet soda and alcohol make for a more dangerous concoction. k-p-i-x 5's len ramirez t
's no doubt additional revenue is needed to bring down the deficit but believes it can be done without another tax hike. speaking to cbs news anchor scott pelley yesterday, the president said the u.s. can reduce its deficit by closing tax loopholes and making what he calls smart budget reductions. >> if you combine those things together, then we cannot only reduce our deficit, but we can continue to invest in things like education and research and development that are going to help us grow. >> well today the president travels to minneapolis where he'll push for proposals to gun control durs his visit. susan mcginnis is in washington. good morning. >> good morning. this will be the president's first trip outside washington to push his gun proposealsproposals. he's pushing for a big rally in support of this. in the meantime the senators are said to be preparing their own legislation very similar to the president's employee posal but conspicuously absent is the assault weapons ban. he takes his pitch for gun safety to minneapolis today. he wants congress to require
, was hardly mentioned. i think now we've got to talk about the debt, the deficit, getting america's fiscal house in order and create jobs for almost 8% of our population who don't have them. >> congresswoman, a little preview in the retreat where the democrats were. what's your sense of what the president tonally and substantively what we expect from him? >> first of all i think it's going to be very optimistic. i hope the president does talk about the successes of the economy, creating nearly 6 million jobs, the fact that actually des kregs nary spending is at the lowest level since 1976 and that we have reduced the deficit by half. that we need to do. but he's going to talk about the new initiatives to make the economy work for everybody, investments, growth. >> investments is also spending. therein we immediately see the republican seat. >> when we talk about creating jobs we're talking about deficit reduction, that the least emphasized method of reducing the deficit, we talk about spending, revenue, growth. he wants to emphasize that we need to make investments in infrastructure, in ed
in washington. >> so it is almost a false argument to say we have a spending problem. we have a budget deficit problem that we have to address. right now we have low interest on the national debt, and a good time for us the to act to lower that deficit. we think the deficit and the national debt are at immoral levels. we think they must be reduced. we're sick and tired of paying interest on the national debt, and that's 15%. that's a large percentage of the budget. it's lower now because of the lower interest rate. >> host: so on this debate, spending cuts versus tax increases, here's what the washington times writes in their editorial: as mr. thornton points out, the rel break from fiscal prudent happens inside 1970s between 1970 and 2007. spending jumped to an average of close to 21% of gdp while revenues rose to around 18% of gdp. >> host: social security, medicare and medicaid are the biggest culprits in the spending spike. these entitlements were responsible for about 5% of federal be spend anything 1950, a figure that jumped to almost 16% in 2010. >> host: that's the washington times edi
with smarter spending reductions to bring down the deficit. we can do it in a gradual way so that there is less of an impact. these deductions that certain folks can take advantage of, the average person cannot. not everyone has access to cayman island accounts, the average person does not have access to carry interest income, where they wind up paying a much lower rate on the billions that they earned. we want to make sure that the whole system is fair and transparent and that we are reducing our deficit in a way that does not hamper growth and reduce the kinds of strategies that we need in order to make sure that we are creating a strong middle-class. host: jim from south carolina, on the republican line, good morning. caller: how are you? host: well, thank you. caller: you keep mentioning and hearing people talking about pensions, but pensions are just invested the same way that 401k is. stocks and bonds. people with pensions lost money as well. i heard cases where people were not going to get as much money. if someone is manages their 401k, i do not know, it needs to be managed properly and
? the deficit. this year it will be below a trillion dollars, that's what the pundits focused on and ignored the grim reality. in fact, our debt is headed toward the worst levels in post war america. worst, the economy will show a masly 1.4% growth. unemployment rise to 8%, stay at very high levels for years, and 7 million people will lose their health care coverage under obamacare. that came within hours of president obama's call for more tax increases on the rich and put off spending cuts. tax and spend, it lives on and so does our massive debt. reality check, "varney & company" is about to begin. [ shapiro ] at legalzoom, you can take care of virtually all your imptant legal matters in just minutes. protect youramily... and launch your dreams. at legalzoom.com we put the law on your side. >> first up this wednesday morning, gas prices, yes, they are still on the rise. national average for regular up more than a penny, now at 3.54. just in the past month the price of gas spiked about 25 cents a gallon. the underlying price of oil right now we're down, $95 per barrel. while gas prices are
'll be following this. >>> to washington now. members of congress remain focused on deficits, spending and how to head off the looming sequestration cuts poised to kick in early next month. in separate interviews on sunday, house minority leader nancy pelosi and majority leader eric cantor laid out the economic dividing lines. >> what we need is growth. we need growth with jobs. and if you have spending cuts, education of our children and other investments like the national institutes of health where you are hindering growth, you're not going to reduce the deficit. so it is almost a false argument to say we have a spending problem. we have a budget deficit problem that we have to address. we think the deficit and the national debt are at immoral levels. we think they must be reduced. we're sick and tired of paying interest on the national debt. and that's 15% -- that's a large percentage of the budget. >> the tax fight for the president means higher taxes, more revenue. again, we can't be raising taxes every three months in this town, david. and you know, the bottom line is we want tax reform,
of where we stand and where we're going. the 2013 deficit standing at $845 billion. last year it was $1.1 trillion. so obviously we're going in the right direction. but they do give a grim fast if there is a type of austerity measure that is in place while the economy remains very fragile. >> well, that's right. there are two things we have to work on at the same time. the most important thing is to make sure that we continue to see an economic recovery, that we do what we can to accelerate that recovery, put more people back to work. and the sequester would undercut that effort, because if you take that much money out of the economy very rapidly in this across-the-board way, it will result in lost jobs, which is why we proposed this alternative. now over the longer term, there's no doubt we have to reduce our deficit, but we have to do it in a smart and balanced way as the president has said, and that's why we have proposed a combination of cuts and we've already done $1.5 trillion in cuts as part of the budget control act and other action. we did some revenue as part of the most recen
. the city of baltimore is looking at a huge deficit in 10 years if it keeps going the way it is now. we're talking $2 billion. it came in a new study commissioned by the city. it comes with aging infrastructure and pensions. >> if we act now,y and boldly, we can change the tra ject pri for the city. >> her first proposals will be rolled out during the state of the city address which comes on monday. >>> this may take a chemist to pronounce the ingredients in ice cream. what about the ones that are supposed to be all natural. we'll tell you what you may friend briar -- find from breyer's. >> we have the results of a new dating service coming up. >>> ice cream lovers have been buying breyer's ice cream for decades. it's one of the few brands that prided itself on being natural but some foodies are furious. they said breyer's is changing its recipe. john matarese as more. >> reporter: they have prided themselves as one of the last natural ice creams but have you noticed? that's all starting to change. when you think of ice cream in the supermarket, many of us think breyer's for its wholeso
the deficit. all by honoring the wish of 2/3 of americans to respect states' rights for marijuana just like we do for alcohol. i would invite my colleagues to join this effort in developing a marijuana policy that makes sense for america today. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the chair recognizes the gentleman from north carolina, mr. coble, for five minutes. mr. coble: i thank the speaker. mr. speaker, january is the traditional month in which new year's resolutions are developed. i'm suggesting that president obama and mrs. boim adopt a resolution -- mrs. obama adopt a resolution. it appears to me, mr. speaker, regard air force one very casually and i believe on some occasions two planes, at least two planes go to the same destination. air force one, mr. speaker, belongs to president and mrs. obama. but air force one also belongs to the american taxpayer. and i would welcome a new year's resolution that would provide generous lace of all future air force one dispatches with prudence, discipline and last but certainly not least fiscal austerity. america's taxpayers will be
to lower the devers, but americans do not -- to lower the deficit, but americans do not support sacrificing real spenged cuts for more tax hikes. the president's sequester should be replaced with spending cuts and reforms that put us on a path to balance a budget over the next 10 years. the american people believe that the tax question has been settled. they know the president called for a balanced approach to the debt. combination of revenues and spending cuts, and they know he's gotten his revenue. the american people do not believe the president will use further tax revenues to lower the debt. and haven't seen this president attempt to spend his way into prosperity over the last four years, they know he'll spend it. the president doesn't believe we have a spending problem. he general winly believes the government -- genuinely believes the government spending causes economic growth. if that were true, the economy today would be thriving. it isn't thriving. the unemployment rate is still nearly 8% and rising. small businesses like the one i ran are struggling. middle class families, those
the issue right now is raising rates. the question is if we are serious about reducing our deficit can we stop waste in govment, can we conform healthcare programs in particular. we spend a lot more on healthcare than every other country does and we don't get better outcome. there are things we can do to reduce healthcare costs. >> and can we post loophole deductions lawyers take advantage of so they paoloer rates than bus driver or cop? if you combine those together you cannot only reduce the deficit but continue to invest in things like education and research and development that are going to help us grow. >> just a few hours from now president obama will continue his push for gun control. the heated topic on sunday talk shows. kelly wright is life in washington can more. >> president obama will travel to minneapolis the city that is making steps to curb gun violence. he will talk about the issue that can be taken on the federal level to reduce gun violence. it shows deep de visions over what toe do about curbing the violence. a former navy man watched his wife traumatic giffords watch
and then some with deficit reduction that we should at the very least take action for temporary buydown just as we did at the end of the year of the sequester to prevent the terrible impact of the sequester. lou: a panel trying to diagram the sequester. he points out the house has already passed two separate bills to replace the sequester but both of those bills are allowed to die and demographically controlled senate. he has had it with the obama way of doing business that he is content to allow the white house bipartisan sequester to take affect on march 1. >> let me make clear i don't like the sequester, i think it is taking acts of more government. >> would you delay the impose a sequester? >> that is right, i will. lou: meanwhile also headed with the obama way infuriated with the white house gag order on top level officials muscling those officials preventing them from talking with her committee on unscheduled spending cuts. maryland democrat and chairman of the appropriations committee said high-level cabinet members have been instructed not to talk unless their words are cleared by th
. the president spoke little of debts and deficits on that cold january day. he will layout an agenda that includes nods to the deficit and ramped up spending on domestic programs we think he will speak to raise taxes. they are already making an argument against big spending cuts. >> it is we have a budget problem that we to address. >> the president is expected to push hard against the see quest tored the automatic spending cuts this month. almost certain to mention gun control initiatives. much of the speech could focus on job creation federal out lays more spending for education and infrastructure republicans will be wearing. >> as long as we pay for it. we have seen this movie before. we saw it with the so-called stimulus package back in the beginning of the administration. we saw the most stagnant economy and for every man woman and child in america. >> right after the president will aggressively sell this as he travels to three cities asheville north carolina and down to atlanta georgia to chicago illinois. he will be pressing those broad themes at each of those stops especially
to be serious about reducing our deficit, can we combine some smart spending cuts-- because there's still some waste in government-- can we reform our health care programs in particular, because we spend lot more on health care than every other country does and we don't get better outcomes. so there's a lot of waste in the system and there are things that we can do to reduce health care costs. and can we close some loopholes and deductions that folks who are well connected and have a lot of accountants and lawyers can take advantage of so they end up paying lower rates than a bus driver or a cop, can we close some of those loopholes? if you combine those things together then we cannot only reduce our deficit but we can continue to invest in things like education and research and development that are going to help us grow. >> pelley: without raising rates again? >> without raising rates again. >> pelley: the president also made news with his opinion on the boy scouts. the national board of the boy scouts of america may decide this week whether to end its long-standing ban on gays in scouting. s
, he talked about the economy. when it comes to tackling the nation's deficit, president obama said sunday in an interview with cbs news there needs to be revenue involved. and it sounds like he might be interested in going after people like mitt romney. >> there is no doubt we need additional revenue coupled with smart spending reductions in order to bring down our deficit. and we can do it in a gradual way so that it doesn't have a huge impact. and as i said, when you look at some of these deductions that certain folks are able to take advantage of, the average person can't take advantage of them. the average person doesn't have access to cayman island accounts. the average person doesn't have access to carried interest income where they end up paying a much lower rate on billions of dollars that they've earned. so we just want to make sure that the whole system is fair. >> all right. steve, help me out here. i think the democrats are holding a losing hand if they come back and ask for more taxes. they talk about raising tax rates on anybody. but if we're talking about closing loo
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